In this city, restaurants come and go faster than you can say "sustainable locavore burger." And even though there are great new additions to the culinary landscape popping up every week, you've gotta give kudos to anyone who can stick it out for over a year. With that in mind, we bring you Still Got It, our tribute to establishments that continue to serve mouthwatering meals and drinks long after the buzz has faded—or where the lingering hype is still justified.
Greenpoint might be getting a barge bar soon, but the neighborhood's loveliest drinking spot will always be this little retro bar, which boasts everything from a fireplace to a backyard to a cheap house draft. Local bar master Kent Lanier debuted this pub in 2007‐which doesn't sound like too long ago but is frankly a lifetime in North Brooklyn years—and it's been delighting area drinkers ever since.
The bar itself looks old-school, even if it was birthed in the aughts—it's dimly lit, decorated with vintage artwork and light fixtures, and outfitted with elegant, candelit wooden booths—the swinging saloon-style doors hanging outside some select of the booths give the whole place an extra old-timey feel, and serve as excellent date seats. The back garden boasts a stone-filled floor, long wooden tables for group boozing, and lush greenery that separates the garden from neighboring buildings.
Drinkswise, Black Rabbit's got a modest draft list, with the aforementioned house draft running only $3 during happy hour and $4 during regular service. There's also a solid whiskey selection, cocktails like hot toddies and gingerbacks, and a few low-key wines. The food menu boasts basic bar grub, like Frito Pie, mini cheeseburgers, and bratwurst.
If you drink here, you drink with friends, even if you're actually boozing alone—patrons are often dedicated, respectful regulars. This is also a solid destination if you're looking to pair your imbibing with some brain activity, since they've got nerd-friendly trivia every Tuesday and board games like Jenga and Trivial Pursuit available as well.